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Author Petchesky, Rosalind P.

Title Abortion and woman's choice : the state, sexuality, and reproductive freedom / Rosalind Pollack Petchesky.

Publication Info. Boston [Mass.] : Northeastern University Press, [1990]


Location Call No. Status
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  363.46 P477A    Check Shelf
Edition Revised edition.
Description xxxii, 412 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Series The Northeastern series in feminist theory
Northeastern series in feminist theory.
Contents Introduction: Beyond "A Woman's Right to Choose" Feminist Ideas about Reproductive Rights / Controlling Our Bodies / The Social Relations of Reproduction / Reproductive Politics, Past and Future -- Part I: Fertility Control in Theory and History -- 1. Fertility, Gender, and Class -- The Role of Technology -- Malthusian Ideology and Bourgeois Culture -- Birth Control in the Bourgeois Family -- Class Divisions, Motherhood, and Fertility Control among the Poor -- The Place of Abortion -- 2. Abortion and the State: Nineteenth-Century Criminalization -- Falling Birthrates and Rising Abortions -- The Medical Attack -- The Eugenics Movement and Sterilization -- Abortion, Sterilization, and the Socialist-Feminist Birth Control Movement -- 3. Abortion and the State: Twentieth-Century Legalization -- Falling Birthrates and Rising Abortions in the 1960s and 1970s -- Population Control and the Legalization of Abortion -- The Role of Popular Organizing: Feminists and Libertarians -- Part II: Abortion Practice in the 1970s -- 4. The Social and Economic Conditions of Women Who Get Abortions -- Recent Trends in Abortion Practice -- Class and Race Differences in Resolving Nonmarital Pregnancies -- Abortion Access for Poor Women -- 5. Considering the Alternatives: The Problems of Contraception -- The Politics of Contraception -- The Inadequacies of Contraception -- Abortion and Contraception -- The Necessary Link -- The Failure of Institutional "Delivery Systems" -- 6. Abortion and Heterosexual Culture: The Teenage Question -- Defining Sexuality -- The Role of Abortion -- The Rise in Teenage Sex and Pregnancy -- A Revised View -- Continuities in Heterosexual Culture -- Grids of Conflict and Sources of Change -- Part III: Sexual Politics in the 1980s -- 7. The Antiabortion Movement and the Rise of the New Right -- Launching the Neoconservative State -- Organizational Base" Churches and Reproductive Politics -- The Ideological Message: Reprivatizing Sexuality and "Preserving the Family" -- 8. Protecting Family Integrity: The Rightward Drift in the Courts -- "Medical Necessity" versus Women's Autonomy: Roe v. Wade -- Privacy Rights versus Social Justice: Medicaid Funding -- Sexual Freedom versus "Authority in Their Own Household": The Rights of Minors -- From Akron to Webster -- 9. Morality and Personhood: A Feminist Perspective -- Fetuses and Persons -- Toward a Feminist Concept of Personhood -- Fetal Politics and False Dilemmas -- 10. Women's Consciousness and the Abortion Decision -- Doing and Believing -- The Morality of Praxis -- Maternal Practice and Reproductive Consciousness -- Conclusion: Feminism and the Conditions of Reproductive Freedom.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Abortion.
Abortion -- Political aspects.
Birth control.
Health Policy -- United States.
Women's Rights -- United States.
Abortion -- United States.
Local Subject Abortion.
Abortion--Political aspects.
Birth control.
ISBN 1555530753 alkaline paper $14.95
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